Invited review article: Single-photon sources and detectors

Rev Sci Instrum. 2011 Jul;82(7):071101. doi: 10.1063/1.3610677.


We review the current status of single-photon-source and single-photon-detector technologies operating at wavelengths from the ultraviolet to the infrared. We discuss applications of these technologies to quantum communication, a field currently driving much of the development of single-photon sources and detectors.